Orwell's Politics And The English Language



Lou Pauly was a guest lecturer in my global politics class recently.
Pauly pointed to the decay of our language as a cause of the degeneration
of our understanding of each other and our own political systems. One
example he gave was the overuse and misuse of the term 'globalization' to
the point where the meaning has been lost and this term has become a catch
phrase that is used without thought. In George Orwell's essay Politics and
the English Language, it is this exact issue that he addresses. George
Orwell chastises today's modern writer's of criticism, fiction, opinion and
politics for allowing themselves to become lazy in their thoughts and their
writing. Orwell states "what is ...

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Orwell's point is clear and his evidence is well
organized. He speaks with an earned authority on the subject and a clear
and concise manner. Orwell's essay is a valuable essay for the fledgling
writer, the political critic and all readers because, as Orwell says "in
our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics'. All issues are
political issues".

The essay Politics and the English Language offers numerous
examples and evidence for the reader to draw from. Orwell is allowing the
reader to recognize phrases that they have seen multiple times in their
daily reading. An example of this is that Orwell begins by citing five
passages of what he considers to be poor writing. He numbers these passages
and points out examples of their flaws in an organized fashion. He uses
lists to make his evidence clearer to the reader. Orwell does not simply
say do not use metaphors you have heard before", but rather he gives
examples of overused metaphors. He states "there is a huge ...

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